Gov. Roy Cooper, left, applauds 8 year-old Daniel McCullock after McCullock received the Pfizer child COVID-19 vaccination from Dr. Kathy Merritt at Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.  The new Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a reason for concern, but public health leaders believe vaccination will offer some protection. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Ready or Not, Here Comes Omicron. Here’s What You Need to Know About the New COVID Variant, North Carolina.

The Omicron variant is a reason for concern, but public health leaders are optimistic vaccination and boosters will offer some protection.

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CDC Panel OKs COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids. Parents, Here Are the Next Steps.

The vaccine is safe, extremely effective, and crucial to defeating the virus that has plagued North Carolina since early 2020. 

NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the medicine. The booster shots will not be distributed in mass public settings the way the vaccines were, but will be available at doctors offices to those who qualify. (Image via AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The CDC Approved COVID Vaccine Boosters. Here’s How to Get One in NC.

NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson versions for fully vaccinated people.

This 2018 photo  shows the signage of the Fayetteville Works plant where the Delaware-based Chemours Company manufactures C3 dimer acid, also known as GenX. The chemical has entered the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking water for much of the southeastern part of North Carolina for an unknown time period. (Photo via AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Polluters of ‘Forever Chemicals’ No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges

Polluters of “Forever Chemicals” No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges

Social Security checks likely won't go out if Congress misses its Oct 18 deadline to raise the debt limit.
North Carolinians Could Lose Social Security and Child Tax Credit Payments if Congress Fumbles Debt Limit Deal

The United States will default on its debt payments for the first time ever if Congress doesn’t act, and the fallout will be immediate n North Carolina. 

A protester kneels in the street during protests of George Floyd's death in May 2020 in Charlotte. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
NC’s Poet Laureate Makes Art From Difficult Times

How turbulent times and the racial justice movement have informed one of North Carolina's most decorated poets, Jaki Shelton Green.

A blue jay gives us a gorgeous view in Guilford County. A "mysterious disease" impacting songbirds across the U.S. appears to have missed our feathered friends in North Carolina. (Image via Shutterstock)
Birdwatchers Rejoice. The ‘Mysterious Disease’ Threatening Songbirds Has Spared North Carolina.

Our pandemic isn’t over. But North Carolina songbirds have missed the worst of a disease that plagued birds across the U.S.